Where’s my refund?

How to track your IRS tax refund?

It is exciting to know that you will be receiving a refund after filing your federal tax return. How long do you have to wait before receiving your money? Usually, the IRS issues most tax refunds within 21 days. After your income tax has been e-filed and accepted by the IRS, there is a tool that can help you track your refund.

The tool name is: Where’s My Refund or if you are on a smartphone you can use the IRS2GO mobile app.

What information do I need to track my tax refund?

To use Where’s My Refund, you need three pieces of information: 

     1 – Your social security number or ITIN

     2 – Your filing status – It could be single, married, or head of household 

     3 – Your exact refund amount – Providing the whole dollar amount is essential to receiving the correct response.

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Important facts about where’s my refund tool

  • Check if it at least 24 hours after e-filing 
  • Expect extended delays if you mailed your return or responded to an IRS notice
  • IRS updates Where’s My Refund daily, usually overnight

After correctly entering your information, a new page will open that shows your IRS refund status. The page will show you one of the three following messages to explain your tax return status.

  • Received: The IRS now has your tax return and is working to process it.
  • Approved: The IRS has processed your return and confirmed the refund amount.
  • Sent: The money is on its way to your bank or as a paper check to your mailbox.

It has been longer than 21 days since the IRS received my return, and I haven’t gotten my tax refund. 

The date you get your tax refund depends on how you filed your return. The IRS states that some tax returns take longer to process than others for many reasons, including when a return:

  • Includes errors
  • Is incomplete
  • Is affected by identity theft or fraud
  • Contains a claim filed for an Earned Income Tax Credit
  • Involves a Form 8379, Injured Spouse Allocation PDF, which could take up to 14 weeks to process
  • Needs further review in general

If you submitted your tax return by mail, the IRS says it could take six to eight weeks for your tax refund to arrive. The IRS will contact you by mail when they need more information to process your return.

Will Where’s My Refund give me my IRS amended return status?

No, it will not give you information about amended tax returns. Where’s My Amended Return will let you know the status of your IRS amended return. (IRS phone and walk-in representatives can only give you information about your amended return 16 weeks or more after its mailing.)